Discussion papers from the Water for Equity and Wellbeing Initiative of the UQ Global Change Institute.


Discussion Paper No. 4
Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australian communities: a scan of priorities

In remote Australian Indigenous communities, the ‘familiar story’ of poor water, sanitation and hygiene-related health challenges continues – despite documentation of this situation during the past thirty years. The representatives interviewed in this scan strongly recommended to stop perpetuating this story: ‘This is not new stuff.  You know, you can look back and do some research for decades and what I'm telling you today is what was being said 20 years ago, so it's not like any of this is new’ (NGO representative #1). In parallel, they also called for providers to raise their expectations for the standard of these services in all Australian locations – including remote communities: ‘Non-indigenous people who go out to communities quickly lower their expectations to what’s the prevailing norm …  You’re in Australia now, so the benchmark is an urban [clinic] in Darwin or Sydney, not a clinic at the back of Jakarta’ (research representative #2).

Please cite this report as:
Hall, N., Barbosa, M.C., Currie, D., Dean, A.J., Head, B., Hill, P.S., Naylor, S., Reid, S., Selvey, L. and Willis, J. (2017), Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australian communities: A scan of priorities’, Global Change Institute discussion paper: Water for equity and wellbeing series, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.


Discussion Paper No. 3
Strengthening community participation in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 for water, sanitation and hygiene

Countries have much work to do to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But development projects don’t always go the way you expect. A resettlement project in Laos recently provided taps and toilets as a way to improve hygiene and health outcomes for communities. But on revisiting the resettled village, the project team was dismayed to find that the new brick toilet facilities were instead being used to store rice.  Global Change Institute discussion paper: Water for equity and wellbeing.

Please cite this report as:
Hall, N., Acosta Jaramillo, C.M., Jagals, P., Currie, D., Ossa-Moreno, J., Dean, A., Ross, H., Bowling, T., Hill, P., Head, B., Richards, R., Willis, J., Abal, E., Cruz Lopez, D. ‘Strengthening community participation in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 for water, sanitation and hygiene’, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

 


Discussion Paper No.2
Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and beyond

This transdisciplinary discussion paper, from 13 researchers across seven schools at The University of Queensland, considers Australia’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Australia and within the broader Asia-Pacific region. It focuses particularly on those SDGs that are concerned with water, and it challenges the current steps being undertaken towards attaining the SDGs in both Australia and overseas. The recommendations identify the most influential and critical SDGs that affect the attainment of all other goals and targets, and identify plausible pathways for cross-government responsibility for the SDGs.  Global Change Institute discussion paper: Water for equity and wellbeing.

Available for download here.

Please cite this report as:
Hall, N., Richards, R., Barrington, D., Ross, H., Reid, S., Head, B., Jagals, P., Dean, A., Hussey, K., Abal, E., Ali, S., Boully, L. and Willis, J. (2016), ‘Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and beyond’, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane

 


Discussion Paper No. 1
The UN Sustainable Development Goals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: How should Australia respond within and beyond its borders?

Australia is positioned next to south-east Asia, where one billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. Only half the population in the Pacific Island countries have access to such facilities, while poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions have contributed to children in remote Australian Aboriginal communities experiencing a higher rate of common infectious diseases than in large urban communities. In 2015, the UN updated its development agenda, outlining 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved in all countries globally by 2030. The SDGs included a goal specifically focused on water and sanitation (SDG 6), to ‘ensure access to water and sanitation for all’.

Australia is one of the 193 UN member countries that formally agreed to the SDGs. Australia has outlined its commitment to the SDGs through its foreign development aid and other support, but has not clarified its intended domestic implementation of the SDGs. This new UN ‘home-and-region’ perspective requires consideration of policy implementation questions as to how Australia should address the water-related aspects of the SDGs to deliver equity and wellbeing both within its own borders and through assisting nearby neighbours.  Global Change Institute discussion paper: Water for equity and wellbeing.

Available for download here.

Please cite this report as:
Hall, N., Abal, E., Albert, S., Ali, S., Barrington, D., Dean, A., Head, B., Hill, P., Hussey, K., Jagals, P., Muriuki, G., Pascoe, M., Reid, S., Richards, R., Robinson, J., Ross, H., Torero Cullen, J., Willis, J. (2016). ‘The UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation: How should Australia respond within and beyond its borders?’ Discussion Paper 3. Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

For details, contact: Dr Nina Hall.


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